North Yorkshire County Council will launch its annual community awards to find the county's unsung heroes, the volunteers who help to deliver the services that make their communities better places.
The awards, which are now in their third year, recognise and celebrate voluntary work by individuals and organisations countywide. Over the first two years of the awards, there were more than 180 nominations from a wide range of community groups, organisations and individuals.
Organisations and individual volunteers make a large and increasing contribution to lives across North Yorkshire. The County Council awards recognise and celebrate the wealth of voluntary work undertaken by people to make their neighbourhoods better places to live and to help the County Council to deliver critical services, for example by providing social networks that reduce isolation and enable people to live independently for longer.
There are four categories in the awards:
- Best community project: recognising a community project that has resulted in real benefits for their community.
- Best community group: recognising an inspirational community group that has made a positive impact on a community and/or people's lives through on-going, day-to-day activity.
- Volunteer of the year: recognising an inspiring individual who has made an outstanding contribution to their community through volunteering above and beyond their normal role.
- Young people volunteering award: recognising projects run by an individual or group aged 11 to 25. It is awarded to a young person or people who have made a difference to other people's lives by volunteering their time and skills to help to solve a problem or to provide a service.
The closing date for nominations is 14 June 2017.
A panel of judges, including representatives from the council, volunteer organisations, employers and young people, will identify three finalists from each category. All finalists will be invited to an awards ceremony at the North Yorkshire Wider Partnership Conference on the morning of 3 November 2017.
The winner of each category will be awarded £1,000 for the relevant project, group or nominated relevant local charity in the case of the volunteer awards. Two runners-up in each category will receive £250.